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FOLD Kids Book Fest goes virtual for 2020

The FOLD Kids Book Fest runs from Oct. 3-4, 2020 and features children's authors, illustrators and performers from across Canada.

The festival, which is in its second year, will take place from Oct. 3-4, 2020

FOLD Kids Book Fest is going virtual for 2020. (@foldkids/Instagram)

The second annual FOLD Kids Book Fest will take place Oct. 3-4, 2020. There will be bonus preview events on Sept. 26, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

The FOLD Kids Book Fest, like its parent festival, spotlights work by diverse authors from communities that are typically underrepresented in Canadian publishing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival will be virtual, featuring events with Canadian authors, illustrators and performers, including Jillian Tamaki, David A. Robertson and Buffy Sainte Marie.

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The lineup of events for 2020 includes writing and illustration workshops, celebration of Indigenous picture books, poetry for kids and a environmentalism rally.

"The collection of authors we have at FOLD Kids Book Fest 2020 this year makes me incredibly excited as I think about the people and places young people, families and educators will get to know," FOLD founder and executive director Jael Richardson said in a press release.

The FOLD Kids Book Fest events are free to attend, but registration is required. You can see the schedule at the FOLD Kids website.

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